Specifically, the partnership encompasses three main areas:
- Enabling Technology: To test and evaluate existing technologies, in a ruggedized, flexibly configured, safe, deployable and innovative format, purpose-built for Northern Australia and, eventually, the South East Asian, Indochina, and South West Pacific regions;
- Training: To position Darwin as the hub for Philips’ technology delivery across the Near North, as well as the training of all Australian and regional technicians who work on Philips diagnostic equipment – supporting Darwin’s regional soft diplomacy and economic engagement objectives; and
- Manufacturing: To develop deployable modules that can be rolled out across the Near North, bringing advanced manufacturing opportunities to the Northern Territory and creating jobs in adjacent sectors such as learning, teaching and ongoing CPD.
The DHM project aligns with the recommendations of the Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission (TERC) Report, released in November 2020, which identified advanced manufacturing as an industry the Northern Territory Government should aim to foster and grow.
“Collaborations with global companies like Philips and their partner Swisstec can lead to improved health outcomes and advanced manufacturing has been identified as a key driver of our economic comeback. We’re pleased they recognise the Territory’s potential and we’re keen to explore how their global expertise will help unlock social and economic opportunities”, said Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner
Partnering to improve people’s health and well-being
“We strongly believe that meaningful and sustainable solutions are built on a strong foundation of partnerships within an ecosystem of collaboration, which is why we’re proud to partner with the Northern Territory Government and Swisstec to explore innovative solutions to expand access to quality healthcare” said Matt Moran, Managing Director of Philips Australia and New Zealand. “With our global reach, deep insights and innovative strength, we are uniquely positioned to drive a digital health solutions in support of the Territory’s broader social and economic goals”.
Philips strives to make the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation. Its mission is to improve the lives of 2.5 billion people a year by 2030. In this regard, Philips believes that the United Nations Social Development Goals 3, 12, 13 and 17 are critical to bettering the health and sustainability of the planet and its people and this in an integral part of the company’s strategy. This has led Philips to identify a clear space - ‘Access to care for the underserved’ - to broaden its reach via transformative innovation efforts targeting 400 million people in low resource settings.
In India, Philips worked with local partners to design and implement a mobile ICU solution. Locally manufactured by Philips in India, Masina Heart Institute uses this pre-fabricated transportable ICU solution as a separate Advanced Cardiac Care Unit to make heart procedures feasible while simultaneously providing care for COVID-19 patients.
In the US, Philips partners with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), The American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to provide the equipment for virtual clinics within VFW and American Legion posts throughout the United States. The project allows US veterans to conduct virtual appointments with their VA providers without having to travel to a distant VA regional medical facility or outpatient clinic.
More information on Philips’ Access to Care programs can be found here.